Tony Gwynn dead at 54 

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He loved the Padres and Fishers, Indiana too.

Tony Gwynn has died at the age of 54. The Hall-of-Fame Major League Baseballer and part-time Hoosier had been fighting a losing battle with salivary gland cancer, a direct result of his fondness for chewing tobacco.

The man they called "Mr. Padre," since his loyalty to a team the likes of his small-market SoCal squad was practically unrivaled in the modern era, was surrounded by his family when he died Monday morning at a hospital in Poway, Calif. Poway's an inland suburb in the hills outside San Diego.

Gwynn, who finished his MLB with a stellar .338 batting average, was introduced to Indy's just-up-I69 bedroom community by his wife. Gwynn split time between Fishers and Poway for a time, enjoying the pace of the Hoosier 'burbs and the relative anonymity it afforded him.

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